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National Museum Of African American History Celebrates First Anniversary With New U.S. Postal Stamp

The stamp will be available on Friday, October 13.

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On September 24, 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its doors in Washington D.C.

The museum explores everything about black Americans from community, family, the visual and performing arts, religion, civil rights, slavery, education and segregation.

To celebrate the museum's first anniversary, the U.S. Postal Service announced that the museum would be commemorated with a forever stamp.

Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman celebrated the museum for recognizing all aspects of African American culture in a statement to NBC News.

"The National Museum of African American History and Culture is an American treasure that serves as a repository for the history of suffering, struggle and triumph of African Americans," Stroman said.

The stamp is a photo of the northwest corner of the museum, displaying David Adjaye's bronze-colored architecture in all of its glory.

NBC reports that the museum has hosted close to 3 million visitors since opening their doors. Originally established in 2003 by Congress, the Smithsonian Institution is the first national museum "devoted to exploring and displaying the African American story."

This stamp marks the second time in recent weeks that the U.S. Postal Service has honored African American culture. A few weeks ago, the Post Office announced a series of stamps based on The Snowy Day, the first children's book to star a black protagonist.

The stamp saluting the National Museum of African American History and Culture is expected to be dedicated at the museum this week, and made available for purchase Friday, October 13.
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